Step-by-step to clean a top-load and front-load washer

This article explains step-by-step to clean a top-load and front-load washer because there is a slight difference in the step. Clean a washing machine regularly is essential for keeping the smells and mold at bay. Do these deep cleaning once every six months; your washing machine will stay fresh and clean and extend the shelf life of your washer too!


How to Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

You’ll need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Wiping cloth
  • A toothbrush or soft brush
  1. Spray White Vinegar on the Washer Drum

Spritz some vinegar on the inside of the drum using a spray bottle. Wipe all around it with a cloth, leaving no surface untouched. (Vinegar is one of the best cleaning products—it cuts through residue, buildup, hard water stains, and even grease effortlessly.)

  1. Wipe Along the Inside and Outside of the Rubber Seal

Next, the rubber seal between the door and drum needs some serious cleaning. As you wipe around the seal, you’ll probably find black mold, mildew, and even hair. Wipe it all away!

  1. Pour White Vinegar Into the Dispenser and Run the Washing Machine With Hot Water

Measure out two cups of white vinegar and pour it directly into your washing machine’s detergent dispenser. Set the washer to run on its most extended wash at the hottest water or 90˚C.

  1. Pour Baking Soda Directly Into the Drum and set to run the Washing Machine Again

Pour half a cup of baking soda directly into the washing machine’s drum and run it on the same settings (highest and hottest).

  1. Wipe the Door and Front of the Washing Machine

Spray your vinegar onto a microfiber cloth and clean the outside and inside the door because vinegar is excellent for killing germs. Wipe it along the machine’s entire front, making sure to get the knobs and control panel.

  1. Leave the Door Open and Let the Washing Machine Dry Out

Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by leaving the door open and letting the machine air dry, or you could wipe it with a dry cloth.


How to Clean a Top-Loading Washing Machine Using Baking Soda And Vinegar.

  1. Pour Vinegar into the Washer and Set to start a Cycle

Set your washer to run on its highest and hottest water. Pour in 4 cups of white vinegar, and start the cycle. Once it’s filled up and barely started, pause the washer and allow the vinegar and water to sit for an hour.

  1. Wipe along the Lid and the body of the Washing Machine

In the meantime, you can tackle the rest of the washing machine’s surfaces. Spritz vinegar onto a cloth and wipe it along inside and outside of the rubber seal.

  1. Tackle the Detergent and Fabric Softener Dispenser

The washer’s detergent and fabric softener dispensers require extra attention. A toothbrush will come in handy to scrub their openings to remove any dirt.

  1. Run Another Cycle With Baking Soda

Once the first wash has ended, add one cup of baking soda and turn your washing machine back on for one more powerful wash (still on the hottest/highest settings).

  1. Keep the Lid Open and Let It Air Dry

As with a front-loader, you will want to keep your top-loader dry. The easiest way is to keep the lid up until it’s nice and dry, or you can wipe it with a dry cloth.

Lastly, here is a detailed guide that you will want to read more about washer cleaning.

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